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- (US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈnɛɡ/, /ɹɪˈnɪɡ/, /ɹɪˈneɪɡ/, /ɹiː-/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈneɪɡ/, /ɹɪˈniːɡ/
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- (intransitive) To break a promise or commitment; to go back on one's word.
- (intransitive) In a card game, to break one's commitment to follow suit when capable.
- (transitive, archaic) To deny; to renounce
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- His captaines heart, / Which in the ſcuffles of great fights hath burſt / The Buckles on his breaſt, reneages all temper, / And is become the bellowes and the Fan / To coole a Gypſies Luſt.
- 1608, Josuah Sylvester, The Sepmaines of Du Bartas
- All Europe high (all sorts of rights reneged) / Against the truth and thee unholy leagued.
break a promise or commitment
card games: fail to follow suit when capable